The Crazy Talent Wars Continue: Startup Makes A Public, Desperate Plea For College Sophomore Dan Shipper To Drop Out And Join It

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Photo: Dan Shipper via LinkedIn

Dan Shipper is a sophomore at UPenn. He spent last summer interning for a startup, Artsicle, and the teenager is a hot commodity in the startup space.He’s been heavily recruited by all the top tech players, but he refuses to drop out of school for a startup.

42Floors made a very public plea to hire him that was posted at the top of Hacker News.

The office leasing listing startup made Shipper, who has never applied to the startup, a hiring offer that will never expire.

It didn’t work, but it definitely caught folks’ attention.

Dear Dan Shipper:

Please join us. Consider this a job offer to work at 42Floors. Because you have never applied for this position, this may come as a little bit of a surprise. But you have known for a while that I have been really impressed with your work.

You’re only a sophomore in college, but you’ve already started several companies. You’ve taught yourself to code, and you are a maker at heart. And you have that rare gift of having a sense of style in your design work as well. AND, your blog posts that reach Hacker News are eloquent and well thought out. It would be an honour to have you join us here at 42Floors.

Here is your job description: You will make gorgeous products that help entrepreneurs find their dream office. There are dozens of things we need built — you will pick what you most want to work on or come up with your own project.

If you ever decide you want to go back to working on your own startup, you have my full support, and I will personally do everything I can to help you be successful as an entrepreneur.

You will never be asked to sign a non-compete. You will be free to contribute to open source, free to blog about anything and everything, and never be required to submit a patent that could be used offensively.

This offer has no expiration and, regardless of whether you decide to work with us, I hope to personally be there on your side in everything you do.

Most sincerely,

Jason Freedman

Co-Founder, 42Floors

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